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The West Wing/Guns Not Butter

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Guns Not Butter
Season 4, Episode 12
Airdate January 8, 2003
Production Number 175312
Written by Eli Attie
& Kevin Falls
and Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Bill D'Elia
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Guns Not Butter is the twelfth episode of the fourth season of The West Wing, and the seventy-seventh episode overall.

Starring: Rob Lowe (Sam Seaborn (credit only)), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Joshua Malina (Will Bailey), Janel Moloney (Donna Moss), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), John Spencer (Leo McGarry), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman)

And Martin Sheen (President Josiah "Jed" Bartlet)

Special Guest Star: Timothy Busfield (Danny Concannon)

Guest Starring: Elisabeth Moss (Zoey Bartlet), Trent Ford (Jean Paul Pierre Claude Charpentier Vicomte de Condé de Bourbon), Danica McKellar (Elsie Snuffin), Megan Ward (Senator's Staffer), Kiersten Van Horne (Jane Cleery), Pat Skipper (Senator James "Jimmy" Hoebuck), Natsuko Ohama (Dr. Gwendolyn Chen)

Co-Starring: Christina Grandy (Ellen), Derek Coleman (Agent), Ron Ostrow (John), Kris Murphy (Katie), John H. Wan (Intern), Timothy Davis-Reed (Mark), Charles Noland (Steve), William Duffy (Larry), Peter James Smith (Ed), Nicole Lyn (Stacy), Kim Webster (Ginger), Jesse Burch (Jay), Mau Barclay (Kelly), Rachel Pearson (Tammy), Bernadette Burgos (Hispanic Woman), Ramon Luis Estevez (Businessman), John Del Regno (Chef), Richard Gross (Sous Chef), Melissa Fitzgerald (Carol), Paul McCarthy-Boyington (Goat Handler), Gabriel Jarret (Jason)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement


Josh is in Republican Cloak room. To convince the Colorado senator to vote for education bill. Govt. is one vote down on Foreign Aid.

At west wing Donna and Josh talk and Donna suggests its a push poll.

John Paul and Charlie talk.

Danny talks to C.J on flight disappearance.

President gives a speech about foreign ops bill.

A Senator shows up after speech; talks to Toby to make a deal for a Yay vote. For people to pray. For 115,000.

Josh asks Donna to catch Senator at any cost. Donna finds Senator's Secretary. Donna finds Senator's sec. But names names.

President talks to Josh. Decides on continuing resolution Guy - Guy the guy counts on.

Tough loss. President talks to team. But does photo-op with a goat.




The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments